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Innovation 2019 - Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Roundtable on Institutional Innovation?
The Aspen Institute Roundtable on Institutional Innovation, formerly named the Roundtable on Talent Development, is a private seminar of top level executives and thought leaders. The concept behind this roundtable comes from the work of John Hagel and John Seely Brown, co-chairs of the Deloitte Center for the Edge. Its purpose is to engage high level executives, mostly from large organizations, to address (and where appropriate reframe) approaches to institutional performance through innovation. The aim for this series is to develop those and other insights into plans for action.

What is the purpose of this website?
This site displays the report resulting from the 2019 Roundtable on Institutional Innovation. The series of chapters, written by rapporteur Richard Adler, captures the insights of the participants during the conference.

Today, traditional notions of what work is and how organizations best utilize talent are undergoing significant changes. Some of the societal forces precipitating this transition include the accelerating evolution of AI and robotics, demographic shifts and increasing consumer empowerment. Given these challenges and opportunities, What can the leader do to make the right decisions now to prepare the organization and its talent for the future? The report of the 2019 Aspen Institute Roundtable on Institutional Innovation features a robust discussion on the workscape of the future, employee benefit and meaning, paths for education, business structures, and leadership strategies that can maximize the opportunities presented by new smart technologies.

What is the Aspen Digital Program?
Aspen Digital empowers policy makers, civic organizations, companies and the public to be responsible stewards of technology and digital media in the service of a more just and equitable world. Through convenings, fellowships, publications, interactive toolkits, and thought leadership, we work towards values-based and human solutions to digital challenges. Aspen Digital shines a light on urgent global issues across the news information ecosystem, cybersecurity, emerging technology, urban innovation and the technology talent pipeline — and then turns ideas into action. Our flagship initiatives include the Tech Policy Hub, Aspen Cyber Summit, Cybersecurity Group, Center for Urban Innovation, Communications Policy, Emerging Technology Trust Initiative, Institutional Innovation, and the Tech X Talent Project.

Who leads the Aspen Institute Digital Program?
Vivian Schiller is Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Digital Program. Schiller is a longtime executive at the intersection of journalism, media and technology. She recently joined the Aspen Institute in a new position heading up programs across media, technology and cybersecurity.

Prior to joining Aspen, Schiller served as the founding head of the Civil Foundation, an independent not-for-profit committed to the sustainability of trustworthy journalism around the world. She is also strategic advisor to Craig Newmark Philanthropies.

Over the last 30 years, Vivian has held executive roles at some of the most respected media organizations in the world. Those include: President and CEO of NPR; Global Chair of News at Twitter; General Manager of NYTimes.com; Chief Digital Officer of NBC News; Chief of the Discovery Times Channel, a joint venture of The New York Times and Discovery Communications; and Head of CNN documentary and long form divisions. Documentaries and series produced under her auspices earned multiple honors, including three Peabody Awards, four Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Awards, and dozens of Emmys.

Schiller is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; and a Director of the Scott Trust, which owns The Guardian..

Who sponsors the Roundtable on Institutional Innovation?
We would like to thank our sponsors, Deloitte Center for the Edge, John Hagel and John Seely Brown; BetterUp, Alexi Robichaux, and Deloitte Global Human Capital, Jeffrey Schwartz for their partnership and contribution to this Roundtable.

Who moderated the Roundtable on Institutional Innovation?
In 2019, Charlie Firestone, former Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program, moderated the Roundtable.

Who are the participants at the Roundtable on Institutional Innovation?
Over the years, notable participants have included John Seely Brown, John Hagel, Robin Chase and David Stern among others.

Can I attend the Roundtable on Institutional Innovation?
Participants at the conference are a carefully selected group of senior executives from various fields including technology, business, health and government. Participation at the Roundtable on Institutional Innovation is by invitation only. 

Where does the Roundtable on Institutional Innovation take place?
The Roundtable on Institutional Innovation takes place at the Aspen Meadows Conference Center in Aspen, Colorado.